Observe Bogotános buying groceries and feel the special atmosphere this place has to offer.
Every seller is an expert in his or her small stand’s wares, and they will happily give you all the details about their products.
) A good starting point is the Plaza Bolivar, a big square perfect for people-watching.
When you dress shabbily (shabbily by their standards, normal by ours), you’re associating yourself immediately with some very ‘undesirable’ people that , people will avoid being seen with you and any friends you might make will not want to be seen out with you but will be too polite to tell you that your dressing habits make you look like a desperate heroin addict.
Please, before you start ranting at me in the comments, understand that I’m not saying you can’t wear what you want, I’m not culture, right?
Latin America is an extremely class-conscious society, and the A-number-one way that people communicate to everyone else that they’re respectable, not a criminal, and not a violent delinquent is by dressing as smartly and as nicely as they can possibly afford to.
Even very poor people will still do this, they’ll own just one nice pair of dress pants that they wear every single day and wash and iron every single night if they have to, only the worst of the worst don’t–they’re not being snobs, this isn’t our culture, it’s not the same as if you were to do this here.